After weight loss, people often find it difficult to maintain their new weight and many regain the weight that they lost. Growing evidence suggests that interventions based on acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) may be more effective than standard treatments for longer-term weight control.
What treatments are we looking at?
The SWiM feasibility study will test two interventions which are designed to help people maintain weight loss after completing a weight management programme. Participants will be randomly allocated to either:
What do we hope to find out?
We will look at whether the two treatment options help participants to maintain their weight loss. We will also get feedback from participants about their experience of the treatment options and the study in general.
How will we do this?
We will do this by running a research study (called a trial). We will recruit participants and randomly assign them into one of two groups: one group receives ‘SWiM’; and one group receives standard advice materials. All participants will be asked to complete online questionnaires at the beginning of the study and 6 months later so we can measure changes in weight and other outcomes. After the study ends, we will also interview a small sample of participants to find out about their experiences of taking part in these interventions.
Who can take part?
We are currently recruiting adults (aged over 18 years) in the UK who have recently completed a weight loss programme and have access to weighing scales at home. If this sounds like you and you are interested in taking part, you can read the Participant Information Sheet below and email us at email@example.com to find out more